Siegel_2014webExeter, NH — Joshua A. Siegel, MD, Director of Sports Medicine at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics, has successfully completed and received certification for a course in “Dance Medicine and Injuries in Dance” through the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU School of Medicine.

This distinguished coursework included a review of common musculoskeletal injuries in dance and evidence-based research about the numerous intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors associated with dance injuries. The course also offered an overview of the diagnosis and treatment, both non-operative and operative, for these injuries.

The goal of the Harkness Center’s educational activities is to prevent injuries and illnesses in dancers and to provide the dance and medical community with the knowledge and skills necessary for the evaluation and treatment of such problems when they do occur.

“While sounding very sub-specialized, Dance medicine is actually more general, because nearly every aspect of musculoskeletal medicine can be affected,” said Dr. Siegel. “Necks, backs, upper and lower extremities are all involved  and can be injured in dance, which is why complete body conditioning and warm ups are critical for those pursuing it…Ballet is the basis for many dance disciplines, and so understanding the positions and terminology of ballet, for instance, can also enhance effective communication between dancers, coaches, trainers, therapists, and doctors.”

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries was founded in 1989 in partnership with the Harkness Foundation for Dance and the Hospital for Joint Diseases in response to the New York dance community’s need for specialized and affordable health care.

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